January 17, 2014

The Crest Of Russian Hill Circa 1906 And Plans For Urban Infill

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While the homes on the northern side of Broadway at the crest of Russian Hill survived the great quake and fire in 1906, the former Homer House on the corner of Broadway and Taylor was demolished in 1910 and its rather prime parcel has sat undeveloped since.

Broadway and Taylor

A request to subdivided the parcel into three lots in order to build two big single-family homes and a two-unit building with a total of over 15,000 square feet of space and an underground garage for up to 16 cars (including six spaces for adjacent homes) is on the agenda for San Francisco’s Zoning Administrator next week.

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Having lent $15,000,000 against the property in 2008, the group which was never repaid foreclosed upon the parcel in 2012 and was seeking sealed bids for the parcel and plans with offers due by August 1, 2013, explicitly noting an unwillingness to accept an offer that was "patently frivolous or substantially below market value."

No word on whether a non-frivolous offer ever materialized, but as best we can tell the property is still owned by the hedge fund that foreclosed.

First Published: January 17, 2014 2:45 PM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

Love it, love the architecture - which is in keeping with much of the Russian Hill SFH style. And good for them for proposing to provide off-street parking for neighbors.

I'm sure the neighbors are having strokes right now, though...

Posted by: Sierrajeff at January 17, 2014 3:28 PM

Does any one know who is the project sponsor/developer/client?

Posted by: noe mom at January 17, 2014 3:46 PM

personally i think the same buildings could be housing at least a few units. there is a housing crisis after all...

Posted by: S at January 17, 2014 3:50 PM

I'm sure some of the people living in Russian Hill want to make sure there is a continued housing crisis. After all, what is going to continue to fund the living wills and trusts that oversee the buildings their families own?

I'm sure they also want to protect their view of the Bay and the Broadway Tunnel.

Posted by: Jim at January 17, 2014 4:21 PM

OH, yeah, sign me up for the nice white one on the corner. How many houses I gotta flip to get that?

Posted by: Jimmy the House Flipper at January 17, 2014 4:28 PM

@ S - given the prices that nice SFH's go for in Pacific Heights and Russian Hill, why would the developer bother doing multi-family? i.e., as much as I want the housing crisis abated, I'm perfectly happy to see upscale SFH's plopped down here.

Posted by: Sierrajeff at January 17, 2014 4:44 PM

@Sierrajeff - I dunno, they could probably make like 6 of these units:

http://www.redfin.com/CA/San-Francisco/1269-Lombard-St-94109/unit-A/home/52555001

Posted by: S at January 17, 2014 4:56 PM

good they are building more parking, as congestion is getting worse in the area and will keep cars off the streets

Posted by: moto mayhem at January 17, 2014 5:02 PM

Lived a block from there for over 5 years. Street parking is an impossibility. I had a garage and needed to have cars towed on a monthly basis. And for the transit nazis, there are no Muni lines convenient to this location so it's absolutely necessary to build parking for these units, preferably 2:1.

Posted by: formidable doer of the nasty at January 17, 2014 5:48 PM

^^^ Thanks for Godwining the parking aspect thread early on so we can get back to discussing the rest of the project :-)

Posted by: The Milkshake of Despair at January 17, 2014 5:57 PM

Q: "I'm sure the neighbors are having strokes right now, though..."

A: "and an underground garage for up to 16 cars (including six spaces for adjacent homes)"

Could be a clever bribe!

Posted by: poor.ass.millionaire at January 17, 2014 6:12 PM

FYI here's the NegDec document for the project:

http://www.sf-planning.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=8865

And it looks like Steve Kendrick is the man behind the project:

http://www.salespider.com/b-100695472/russian-hill-investors

Posted by: Schaetzer at January 17, 2014 9:59 PM

Beautiful proposal. Looks like it's been there since 1907.

Posted by: Roland at January 18, 2014 6:11 AM

Page & Turnbull do excellent work and this looks fantastic.

Posted by: Anon94123 at January 18, 2014 7:51 AM

Despairing Milkshake: That's 'nazi' with a lowercase n and no mention of Hitler, hence Godwin cannot be applied. Thanks for conceding the parking issue early so we can get back to discussing the rest of the project.

Posted by: formidable doer of the nasty at January 18, 2014 9:33 AM

1. Nazi - a German member of Adolf Hitler's political party
2. nazi - derogatory term for a person who is fanatically dedicated to, or seeks to control, some activity, practice, etc.

Posted by: formidable doer of the nasty at January 18, 2014 9:36 AM

These look elegant and fit with the neighborhood well. I love it.

Posted by: JWS at January 18, 2014 9:48 AM

Here is the website for the residences:

http://www.wysteriaresidences.com/home.php

Posted by: anon94123 at January 18, 2014 10:49 AM

No wonder Armistead moved to New Mexico.

Posted by: Stucco_Sux at January 18, 2014 9:49 PM

Armistead wants to move back part-time if anyone has a lead on a situation.

Posted by: curmudgeon at January 21, 2014 9:16 AM

I suppose everyone who drives a car is a pollution nazi?

Posted by: thatwasprettydumb at January 22, 2014 11:43 AM

Lived a block from there for over 5 years. Street parking is an impossibility. I had a garage and needed to have cars towed on a monthly basis. And for the transit nazis, there are no Muni lines convenient to this location so it's absolutely necessary to build parking for these units, preferably 2:1.

Yes, because clearly this site was undeveloped prior to widespread adoption of automobiles, and anyone living here without a car would starve to death because um, well, just because.

Posted by: anon at January 23, 2014 12:57 PM

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